Hosted by IWW at UWM
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Student Union Room 191, 6:30 P.M.
The populist rhetoric of the 2016 election brought a number of movements into the public consciousness. Among them were various factions of the extreme right-wing of American politics. White supremacists and other bigots associated with the “alt-right” saw in the candidacy of Donald Trump an opportunity to spread their message to a wider audience. Antifascist groups mobilized in response to these public displays of fascism, which brought these conflicts out of the underground and into the streets. This talk will provide an overview of contemporary fascist and antifascist movements with a focus on the key differences between them.
Stanislav Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Dr. Vysotsky’s research has focused on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant anti-fascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with anti-fascist activists in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism. His current research is focused on understanding the process of leaving racist subcultures and the discourses of white supremacist groups in online forums and on social media.